India is all set to show its army may through the annual Republic Day parade on Tuesday amid the unprecedented instances of coronavirus pandemic. This yr’s parade will probably be distinctive as many issues have been curtailed because of the pandemic whereas it is going to additionally witness many firsts, together with the participation of nation’s first girl fighter pilot and a flypast with Rafale jets.

Here is the listing of key highlights of this yr’s Republic Day parade:

Woman fighter pilot

Flight lieutenant Bhawana Kanth will probably be part of the Republic Day parade this yr to grow to be the primary girl fighter pilot to participate in India’s greatest ceremonial occasion on January 26. She will probably be part of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) tableau that can showcase mock-ups of the sunshine fight plane, gentle fight helicopter and the Sukhoi-30 fighter airplane.

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Flypast by Rafale jets

Along with 42 different plane, newly-inducted Rafale jets can even take part on this yr’s parade. These plane will probably be a part of completely different formations through the flypast together with 15 fighter jets, 5 transport plane, 21 helicopters and a classic Dakota plane. A Rafale plane will fly with two Jaguars and two MiG-29 fighter jets in one of many formations on the flypast, which is able to wrap up with the Rafale finishing up one other manoeuvre.

Soldiers in masks

Following the brand new norms of Covid-19, troopers marching down the Rajpath can even be seen carrying masks together with spectators. The variety of officers collaborating within the parade has additionally been lowered to 96. Earlier, there was a 12×12 contingent system which had 144 troopers.

Bangladesh Armed Forces

At least 122 troopers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces will probably be collaborating within the parade. According to a press assertion issued by the excessive fee of India in Dhaka, that is solely the third time since Independence {that a} international army contingent has been invited to take part within the nationwide parade.

CRPF tableau

In one other first, a tableau of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) can also be set to wow spectators through the Republic Day parade. “This year we will be having our own tableau and its theme will be combat skills of CRPF in conflict zones,” RK Yadav, inspector basic (coaching) has stated, based on ANI.

Schilika weapon system with girl commander

The upgraded Schilika weapon system will roll down in Rajpath for the primary time this yr within the Republic Day parade, led by the one girl contingent commander from the military.

Ram Mandir tableau

Uttar Pradesh’s tableau will function a reproduction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, which is at the moment underneath building. It can even show the tradition, custom and artwork associated to the temple city.

Things that will probably be lacking this yr:

No chief visitor

In greater than 5 many years, this yr’s parade would be the first Republic Day parade to be organised and not using a chief visitor. Before this, there have been no chief visitors through the Republic Day parade in 1952, 1953 and 1966.

No motorbike stunts

One distinguished occasion that that at all times draw cheers through the parade – stunts on bikes by the military and the personnel of the paramilitary forces – can even be lacking this yr.

No veterans’ parade

The veterans’ parade by ex-servicemen and ladies, too, has been knocked off the programme chart because of the pandemic, and so is the parade by recipients of the nationwide bravery awards.

(With company inputs)

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